BBC – Autos – With an asterisk, V12 Vantage S is fastest Aston

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage


Four-door ferocity

the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, and of key for TG is the fact that a) it’s powerful than ever, and b) louder.

Following on from the S revealed earlier this the new Vantage S replaces the old V12 Vantage, and Aston’s new AM28 6-litre V12 producing the same figures as the So you’re looking at 565bhp up 510bhp 457lb-ft of torque and a top of 205mph. The old car did a piffling 183mph; pedestrian.

Aston hasn’t revealed the time, but if the heavier Vanquish can do it in expect this car, 1,665kg (3,671lbs), to go a fraction Aston assures us that of the One-77 hypercar, this new S is the fastest road-going AM offered, is nice.

That 6-litre gets tech, too, including CNC combustion chambers and hollow cam Then there’s the new automated transmission (for too long a Aston vulnerability), or “Sportshift a development of the ‘box from the V8 We’re promised “motorsport-style shift changes for optimum delivery” using technology down from the company’s GT3 and GTE competition cars.

We’re crossing our fingers

Root around the buttons and find three-stage adaptive (normal, sport and track), in that order increase the of pain your spine/passenger/dignity suffer. This system changes the weight of the power too (itself quicker than and alongside this adaptive sits a proper “sport” Consider pressing this the admiring swathes of passers-by swollen: sure, it sharpens the response, gearshift speed and but it makes the exhaust Very, Loud.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

In fact, that exhaust was from the One-77, and is much and louder than the outgoing itself no shrinking violet shrieking violet).

Not much has changed externally; the design is a deliberate nod to that Speedster concept, while fibre vanes replace the old ones, helping maximise Elsewhere, there’s a set of new 19in lightweight forged alloy an exterior graphics pack, new (with lightweight CF options, revised stitching and detailing, new grades and of course, the myriad of AM

Aston chief Dr Bez is rather with it, but he would be, wouldn’t he? It is our extreme Vantage to date, he It is our most powerful engine in a tailored suit.

Elegant, and at the same time easy to

With all that yellow, we hope so.

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